A Corby photographer has picked up a top prize in a prestigious industry competition for his portrait of four generations of the same family linking hands.
Stuart Rouse, who runs a portrait and lifestyle photography business, won in the family portrait category at an awards ceremony recently.
Mr Rouse is one of four overall winners of the first annual Xperience Photography Awards.
The other categories were: Open, Pets, Teen and Under-Fives.
The family featured in the winning image have won a wall portrait worth more than £500.
Mr Rouse said he was “delighted” to have won.
He said: “I knew that the competition was going to be tough and I was fully aware of the very high standard of photography offered by my fellow group of photographers and studios.
“I am proud and excited to be recognised for my photography by winning the family portrait category of the Xperience Awards 2015.
“I’m really looking forward to working hard as we go forward towards the 2016 Awards.
“There’s no better time to start than right now, where all my clients have the opportunity to have some of their best images entered for the chance to win a stunning wall portrait like my family of four generations did.
“The image which came out on top is of four hands, each of them belonging to the first born girl of each generation, spanning 67 years of their family.
“Mr and Mrs Hopton, of Northampton, visited the studio for a family portrait session with their three-year-old daughter, her grandmother and great-grandmother where I grasped the opportunity to make this unique image for the family.
“I am passionate that portraits have a very special place in the family home, rather than locking away photographs on a computer which are rarely looked at.
“This drives me to make fantastic family portraits for my clients which they can cherish forever.”
Mark Cleghorn is one of the most well-known figures in UK professional photography, with a long list of industry awards and accreditations to his name.
He developed the awards to challenge members of his Xperience Group, made up of almost 40 photographic studios from across England, Scotland and Wales, and to make the photographers ‘step outside their comfort zones’.
He said: “With digital cameras and smartphones making photography more accessible it is more important than ever that professional photographers work as hard as they can for their customers to create the incredible images they deserve.
“I was blown away by the standard of entries for the first ever Xperience Awards.
“Stuart’s image of the four generations of hands was a panel pleaser and a perfect example of why creative family portraits are so important to our industry as well as the clients themselves.”
All of the winners will now have their work displayed on promotional material at trade shows and events across the UK.